• BAE Systems seeks transition partner for Hallmark Software Testbed

    BAE Systems is seeking a government transition partner for its Hallmark Software Testbed (HST) effort, which the US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) views as an opportunity for an advanced enterprise software architecture for tools that will integrate a full spectrum of real-time

  • Russia completes delivery of first S-400 regimental set to China

    Russia has completed delivery of the first regimental set of the Almaz-Antei S-400 Triumf self-propelled surface-to-air missile (SAM) system to China, according to a 10 May report by the TASS news agency. Following the announcement in early April of the arrival in China of two vessels carrying

  • Xponential 2018: Lockheed Martin reveals first US customers for its vehicle control station

    Lockheed Martin announced Aurora Flight Sciences as its first US customer for the universal unmanned vehicle control station – called Vehicle Control Station International (VCSi) – at Xponential 2018 in Denver, Colorado. The system can control dozens of heterogeneous unmanned vehicles

  • USN seeks hard-kill aircraft self-protection systems

    Recognising the threat of increasingly lethal and survivable long-range missiles, the US Navy (USN) has commenced studies on novel hard-kill platform self-protection systems as an adjunct or alternative to more conventional electronic countermeasures and/or soft-kill decoy devices. In a Request for

  • Datron launches new handheld radio

    Datron World Communications has introduced its latest handheld radio, the multi-band Spectre M HH3100. The company has developed three variants: the HH3100V which covers the 30-88 MHz frequency range; the HH3100A covering 30-136 MHz; and the HH3100M covering 30-512 MHz. The HH3100A, in particular,

  • Digital Barriers reveals body-worn streaming video system

    Specialist video surveillance firm Digital Barriers has developed a new body-worn system to provide live, low-latency recording and streaming of video for the dismounted soldier or covert operator, which it displayed for the first time at the Defence Services Asia (DSA) 2018 exhibition in Kuala

  • Boeing launches Super Hornet SLM modification

    The first US Navy (USN) Boeing F/A-18E/F Super Hornet to enter the Service-Life Modification (SLM) process ahead of the Block 3 enhancement programme arrived at the company’s St Louis production facility in Missouri in late April. A twin-seat F/A-18F from Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 106

  • USN continues ‘cultural shift’ in improving surface-fleet operations

    The US Navy (USN) is continuing to work on changing the service’s training culture in order to better prepare its surface warfare officers (SWOs), crews and their ships in the wake of the service-wide reviews prompted by the recent spate of mishaps in the Western Pacific, Secretary Richard

  • Xponential 2018: Freewave Technologies offers radio for low-bandwidth environment

    Freewave Technologies has unveiled its Zumlink 900 MHz ISM-band radio, designed for use in low-bandwidth environments, during the Xponential 2018 conference in Denver, Colorado. The Zumlink is available in different bandwidths and has a fully enclosed module with a radio on an interface card with

  • Seastema, Hanwha Systems supply SEASNavy ECS for RoKN’s first Daegu-class frigate

    The Republic of Korea Navy’s (RoKN’s) first of eight Daegu (FFX-II)-class guided-missile frigates has been fitted with the SEASNavy Engineering Control System (ECS). The ECS, which is a suite of software subsystems for integrated platform management, was delivered by Seastema, a

  • Xponential 2018: C-UAS system architecture drives adaptability

    Counter-Unmanned Aircraft Systems (C-UAS) may be falling behind in their quest to counter new technological advancements, to the point that they are often chasing technology and reacting to new threats. According to Textron Systems’ chief engineer control and surface systems Brian Hetsko,

  • HF communications gain momentum with NATO forces

    High Frequency (HF) communication systems are witnessing a resurgence as forward deployed and small unit teams seek to overcome emerging challenges associated with operating in Command and Control Denied or Degraded Environments (C2D2Es), Jane’s has learned. According to senior service

  • Malaysian Army showcases Future Soldier System

    The Malaysian Army took the opportunity at the Defence Services Asia (DSA) 2018 exhibition in Kuala Lumpur to highlight its Future Soldier System (FSS), an element of the Malaysian Armed Forces’ (MAF’s) wider Network Centric Operations (NCO) programme. The FSS comprises a wearable

  • New PACOM commander identifies ISR concerns in region

    The new head of US Pacific Command (PACOM) says he is worried about its capacity to conduct intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) in that area of operation (AOR), while being concerned about China's ability to perform its own ISR operations. “PACOM only has about a quarter of

  • Australia receives F-35A training equipment

    Australia has received an initial delivery of training equipment for the pilots and ground crews that will operate the Royal Australian Air Force's (RAAF's) Lockheed Martin F-35A Lightning II Joint Strike Fighters (JSFs). Minister for Defence Marise Payne said in a statement that an Antonov An-124

  • Evolved MASE self-protection pod debuts

    Danish systems and sensors house Terma has developed an evolved and upgraded version of its Modular Aircraft Survivability Equipment (MASE) pod intended to afford greater flexibility in self-protection integration. MASE was introduced to the market in the early 2000s. Controlled by Terma’s

  • EW attacks on US aircraft increasing in Syria

    US AC-130U Spooky gunships are being targeted by electronic warfare (EW) attacks when flying over Syria, General Raymond Thomas, the commander of US Special Operations Command, revealed on 24 April. “Right now in Syria, we’re in the most aggressive EW environment on the planet from our

  • Bangladesh receives second BTR 80 simulator

    Turkish simulator manufacturer Simsoft has delivered its second BTR 80 vehicle crew simulator to the Bangladesh Army, Jane’s has learned. The package comprises driver training and commander/gunner simulators, which can be used separately for individual training or linked for full mission crew

  • Poland begins negotiations to buy navy navigation radars

    The Polish Armament Inspectorate on 27 April began negotiations to buy 33 VisionMaster FT radars from Northrop Grumman Sperry Marine. The radars will be delivered by Else Technical and Research Service, a local representative for the systems, joining the 17 sets already on Polish warships. The

  • US Army issues Ultra-Lightweight Camouflage Net System (ULCANS) contracts

    The US Army on 30 March awarded three contracts as part of its Ultra-Lightweight Camouflage Net System (ULCANS) increment 1 programme. HDT Expeditionary Systems, Saab Barracuda, and Fibrotex USA were awarded indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity (ID/IQ) firm-fixed price (FFP) contracts

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